In a large IT environment, for a given type of platform, when is it best to use a single vendor and when is it more appropriate to buy from multiple sources?

On one hand, a single vendor environment gives you simplicity, but leaves you in a weaker negotiating position, and you might not sleep as well at night knowing you’re tied to that vendor’s financial future. On the other hand, in a multivendor environment, training and support are more costly, but you aren’t as vulnerable.

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